S.J.Res. 10 - Joint Resolution Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Economics and public finance. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. (by CRS) 
The bill was voted on in the Senate on December 14, 2011 
1 proposed amendment. 1 accepted. View amendments 
Senate Vote: On Passage

DID NOT PASS on December 14, 2011.

2/3 required to pass

voted YES: 47 voted NO: 53
0 voted present/not voting

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Joint Resolution Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

S.J.Res. 10 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States. (by CRS)
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A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to balancing the budget.
Other Titles
  • Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Orrin G. Hatch
  • Economics and public finance
  • Budget deficits and national debt
  • Budget process
  • Constitution and constitutional amendments
  • Income tax rates
  • Legislative rules and procedure
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Major Actions
Referred to Committee
Amendments (1 proposed)
Failed passage in Senate12/14/2011
Bill History
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 1460 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.12/13/2011PASSED by voice vote
currently selectedSenateS.J.Res. 10 (112th): Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.12/14/2011This bill DID NOT PASS the Senate
47 voted YES 53 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
3/31/2011Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
12/13/2011Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent as pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011.
12/13/2011Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
12/13/2011Amendment SA 1460 proposed by Senator Hatch.
select this voteVote12/13/2011Amendment SA 1460 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
12/14/2011Considered by Senate.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage12/14/2011S.J.Res. 10 (112th): Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
select this voteS. Amdt. 1460Hatch, Orrin [R-UT]December 13, 2011Passed by voice vote on December 12, 2011.

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Average contributions given to Senators from State & local govt employee unions, which…

opposed this bill

State & local govt employee unions [About]
Average given to Senators who voted:
361 times as much
5 Organizations Supported and 7 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Joint Resolution Proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.: S.J.Res. 10 (112th): Joint resolution proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

5 organizations supported this bill

Americans for Prosperity
James Valvo, Director of Government Affairs & (2011, March 31). Letter of Support: Hatch-Walsh Balanced Budget Amendment, S.J. Res. 10 and H.J. Res. 56. Retrieved December 13, 2011, from Americans for Prosperity.
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Thomas A. Schatz (2011, April 7). Dear House of Representatives. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from CAGW.
National Federation of Independent Business
Susan Eckerly, Senior Vice President of Public Policy (2011, December 13). Key Vote Letter for S.J.Res. 10 in Support of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Retrieved December 13, 2011, from NFIB.
National Taxpayers Union
Brandon Greife (2011, December 13). “YES” on S.J. Res. 10, the “Consensus” Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution.. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from National Taxpayers Union.
Northwest Mining Association
NWMA (2011). REPUBLICAN PLAN TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK The Jobs Through Growth Act. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from NWMA.

7 organizations opposed this bill

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
AFSCME (2011, November 30). Statement for the Record. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from AFSCME.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
CBPP (2011, November 30). Testimony: Robert Greenstein, President, on “A Balanced Budget Amendment: The Perils of Constitutionalizing the Budget Debate” Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Hearing. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from CBPP.
Coalition on Human Needs
CHN (2011, June 17). Balanced Budget Amendment Would Threaten Critical Programs and the Economy . Retrieved December 14, 2011, from CHN.
Committee for Education Funding
Abigail Evans & Joel Packer (2011, July 19). Letter to Senators. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from CEF.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAACP (2011, June 28). NAACP Opposes So-Called "Balanced Budget Amendment" to the Constitution. Retrieved June 28, 2011, from NAACP.
National Organization for Women
NOW (2011, June 15). Radical Budget Proposals Will Harm Economy and Hurt Women & Families. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from NOW.
National Women's Law Center
NWLC (2011, May 20). One-Sided Budget Proposals Threaten Women and Families, Shield Millionaires and Corporations. Retrieved December 14, 2011, from NWLC.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from State & local govt employee unions interest groups, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$0$1,000No
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$0$0Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$0$0Yes
John BarrassoRWY$0$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$0$11,500No
Mark BegichDAK$0$13,500No
Michael F. BennetDCO$0$10,750No
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$1,000No
Richard BlumenthalDCT$0$10,000No
Roy BluntRMO$0$0Yes
John BoozmanRAR$0$0Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$0$10,800No
Scott P. BrownRMA$0$0Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$0$18,920No
Richard BurrRNC$0$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$0$1,700No
Ben CardinDMD$0$10,000No
Tom CarperDDE$0$10,000No
Bob CaseyDPA$0$13,150No
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$0$0Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$0$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$0$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$0$0Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$0$0Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$0$0No
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$0$10,000No
Bob CorkerRTN$0$0Yes
John CornynRTX$0$250Yes
Mike CrapoRID$0$0Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$0$0Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$0$10,000No
Mike EnziRWY$0$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$0$13,500No
Al FrankenDMN$0$16,250No
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$0$33,500No
Lindsey GrahamRSC$0$0Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$0$0Yes
Kay R. HaganDNC$0$5,000No
Tom HarkinDIA$0$5,000No
Orrin G. HatchRUT$0$0Yes
Dean HellerRNV$0$0Yes
John HoevenRND$0$0Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$0$0Yes
Jim InhofeROK$0$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$0$10,000No
Johnny IsaksonRGA$0$0Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$0$0Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$0$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$0$10,000No
John F. KerryDMA$0$10,000No
Mark KirkRIL$0$0Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$10,450No
Herb KohlDWI$0$0No
Jon KylRAZ$0$0Yes
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$0$9,000No
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$0$8,000No
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$11,000No
Mike LeeRUT$0$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$0$10,000No
Joe LiebermanICT$0$0No
Dick LugarRIN$0$0Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$0$15,000No
John McCainRAZ$0$0Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$0$10,000No
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$0$0Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$0$10,000No
Jeff MerkleyDOR$0$11,000No
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$0$10,000No
Jerry MoranRKS$0$0Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$0$0Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$0$8,750No
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$0$5,000No
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$0$10,500No
Rand PaulRKY$0$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$0$0Yes
Mark L. PryorDAR$0$7,500No
John "Jack" ReedDRI$0$9,250No
Harry ReidDNV$0$11,500No
Jim RischRID$0$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$0$0Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$0$11,500No
Marco RubioRFL$0$0Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$0$10,000No
Chuck SchumerDNY$0$13,000No
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$0Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$0$10,000No
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$0Yes
Olympia J. SnoweRME$0$1,000Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$0$10,000No
Jon TesterDMT$0$10,500No
John ThuneRSD$0$0Yes
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$0$0Yes
Mark UdallDCO$0$12,200No
Tom UdallDNM$0$10,250No
David VitterRLA$0$0Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$0$10,000No
Jim WebbDVA$0$1,000No
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$10,000No
Roger F. WickerRMS$0$0Yes
Ron WydenDOR$0$7,500No

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$0$3,000No
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$2,000$14,150Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$12,500$12,500Yes
John BarrassoRWY$48,100$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$19,000$57,500No
Mark BegichDAK$3,000$32,850No
Michael F. BennetDCO$7,300$57,900No
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$1,000$3,500No
Richard BlumenthalDCT$500$27,700No
Roy BluntRMO$40,450$10,900Yes
John BoozmanRAR$8,250$1,450Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$5,050$1,253,792No
Scott P. BrownRMA$29,325$21,956Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$250$476,454No
Richard BurrRNC$15,450$0Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$0$115,144No
Ben CardinDMD$7,500$35,950No
Tom CarperDDE$0$19,100No
Bob CaseyDPA$500$33,863No
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$43,250$29,200Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$15,750$3,900Yes
Tom CoburnROK$2,500$250Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$1,000$0Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$15,000$88,129Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$4,000$12,300No
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$2,000$13,700No
Bob CorkerRTN$32,600$11,000Yes
John CornynRTX$32,800$13,250Yes
Mike CrapoRID$13,000$9,200Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$12,250$500Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$11,000$34,975No
Mike EnziRWY$13,500$2,000Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$250$260,371No
Al FrankenDMN$2,500$49,518No
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$19,400$1,344,707No
Lindsey GrahamRSC$5,000$13,150Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$10,750$17,350Yes
Kay R. HaganDNC$0$516,549No
Tom HarkinDIA$1,000$56,773No
Orrin G. HatchRUT$27,800$29,350Yes
Dean HellerRNV$62,683$3,750Yes
John HoevenRND$21,900$2,400Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$5,100$250Yes
Jim InhofeROK$20,950$2,400Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$0$32,250No
Johnny IsaksonRGA$28,900$2,700Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$14,000$1,000Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$7,850$1,000Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$2,000$32,998No
John F. KerryDMA$10,250$95,584No
Mark KirkRIL$22,250$15,800Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$0$258,838No
Herb KohlDWI$0$0No
Jon KylRAZ$1,000$0Yes
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$30,250$166,111No
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$0$24,250No
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$0$16,275No
Mike LeeRUT$11,150$7,950Yes
Carl LevinDMI$8,000$39,371No
Joe LiebermanICT$0$1,000No
Dick LugarRIN$5,000$6,200Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$42,250$22,400No
John McCainRAZ$6,000$19,750Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$10,000$1,247,210No
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$33,850$39,350Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$500$101,250No
Jeff MerkleyDOR$1,250$53,607No
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$0$107,142No
Jerry MoranRKS$19,500$0Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$17,800$17,800Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$2,500$495,814No
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$9,000$8,400No
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$11,000$20,050No
Rand PaulRKY$23,700$500Yes
Rob PortmanROH$32,800$1,250Yes
Mark L. PryorDAR$8,250$15,700No
John "Jack" ReedDRI$2,000$21,400No
Harry ReidDNV$18,150$97,000No
Jim RischRID$18,500$0Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$9,600$3,500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$11,000$37,750No
Marco RubioRFL$20,950$4,150Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$0$12,650No
Chuck SchumerDNY$7,300$74,503No
Jeff SessionsRAL$14,000$750Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$2,500$848,580No
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$5,000$0Yes
Olympia J. SnoweRME$5,000$8,500Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$500$396,838No
Jon TesterDMT$250$228,251No
John ThuneRSD$23,312$19,335Yes
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$44,949$700Yes
Mark UdallDCO$17,300$55,728No
Tom UdallDNM$2,550$57,782No
David VitterRLA$14,100$0Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$14,800$83,700No
Jim WebbDVA$2,250$1,000No
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$0$28,783No
Roger F. WickerRMS$19,600$8,150Yes
Ron WydenDOR$1,000$29,600No

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Small business associations$398,449
Fiscal & tax policy$36,075

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Women's issues$7,166,710
Minority/Ethnic Groups$893,441
State & local govt employee unions$509,720
Health & welfare policy$449,450
Human Rights$38,900
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